YANGON – Naw Ohn Hla and Tin Htut Paing were charged on Tuesday for burning the Chinese flag to mark the police crackdown on the Letpadaungtaung copper mine protests.
The two anti-mine activists appeared at a court hearing in Dagon Township Court in Yangon, however two others also charged remained at large.
Naw Ohn Hla reportedly faced another charge for fleeing a court order after she was charged for praying for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in 2007. She denies the charge.
“I am surprised to hear that I have faced another charge from the case of 2007. I was not informed about it then. I didn’t flee either. They didn’t come to arrest me,” she said.
The four of them have been charged with under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code of Myanmar for harming state tranquility.
A defence lawyer, Robert San Aung, told Eleven Media: “I have not found any law in our country saying that one can be punishable for destroying the flag of a foreign country. I have to study this case when it is going on.”
Another trial will be held on December 24.